Small items that make a difference: TMAX is cleverly improved. Let’s take a look at the changes and why they were done.
The styling update of this new TMAX is deliberately subtle. Designer Takuya Nakamura states: “Our goal was to express the new design elements with higher quality, without changing the TMAX image itself. So the customers who have loved TMAX all the time, will still feel it is the ‘one and only’, still part of the TMAX fan world.”
Let's look at some of the design changes:
New front cowl
Redesigned for a sharper look and now featuring a central air inlet below the windscreen, to smoothen the overall airflow and dampen turbulences. The windscreen itself is adjustable in two positions.
LED front lights
The new, full LED lights are lightweight, powerful and energy efficient. Both lights are always on, whether on low beam or on high beam.
The LED lighting technology offered our designers an opportunity for a new expression of the front face. Have a look at the sketch studies they developed for low and high beam lighting.
Also the position lights are LED type; they feature a boomerang shaped, angular outline for a strong presence on the street.
Daily use is not forgotten by the development team: The new mirrors feature different stems, so they sit higher than normal car mirrors. Beneficial in tight city traffic.
Another clever item: a 12V power outlet is now standard equipment, conveniently located near the handlebar.
Carry the new key fob with you and you can start your TMAX without having to insert the key!
The new Smartkey system is a time-saving device that also includes convenient remote functions for engine immobilizer, steering lock and seat opener. You’ll only need to turn a key if you want to operate the front storage lock or the fuel cap.
New switches and keys are carefully designed for this new system. Click on the sketches on the left and you'll see some details.
Another step ahead
Project Leader Tatsuya concludes “We expect that European riders will enjoy this enhanced balance, which is one step ahead from the previous generation TMAX!”
More about the overall concept of TMAX in our related articles in the navigation to the right:
"TMAX 2012. More lightweight, more power, more TMAX than ever."